Within the Executive Branch, the State Department is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency that works to advance U.S. objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more
secure, and more prosperous world through its primary role of developing and implementing foreign policy.
USTR is America's chief trade negotiator and principal trade policy advisor to the President. USTR is responsible for developing and implementing trade policies, which promote
world growth, and create new opportunities for American businesses, workers, and agricultural producers.
FAS works to improve foreign market access for U.S. agricultural products and operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of the U.S.
agriculture in the global marketplace. FAS has the responsibility for the USDA's overseas activities - market development, international trade agreements, negotiations, and
collection and analysis of market information.
The Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. Government agency that helps finance overseas sales of U.S. goods and services. With the mission to create jobs through exports, the Ex-Im
provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exports, guarantees repayment of loans, or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods and services. Ex-Im also
provides credit insurance that protects U.S. exporters against non-payment risks by foreign buyers.
US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) TDA helps U.S.
companies pursue overseas business opportunities, enabling them to compete for infrastructure and industrial projects in middle-income and developing countries through funding
of feasibility studies, orientation visits, specialized training grants, business workshops, and various forms of technical assistance.
USAID works around the world to further America's foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing
countries. USAID is the main U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
OPIC assists U.S. investors through four main activities designed to promote overseas investment and reduce associated risks: insuring against a range of political risks,
financing through loans and loan guaranties, financing private investment funds that provide equity to businesses overseas, and advocating interests of the American business
Providing financial, technical, and management assistance to help small businesses grow and succeed overseas, OIT's goal is to help any firm wishing to export and to connect
lenders and borrowers with mutual opportunities. SBA is the nation's largest single financial backer of small businesses.
BXA seeks to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests by regulating exports of critical goods and technologies that could be used to damage those
interests. BXA enforces compliance with regulations, cooperates with like-minded nations to obtain global support for this effort, assists nations that are key exporters or
transit points for sensitive goods and technologies, and monitors the U.S. defense industrial base to ensure it remains strong.
DTC controls the export and temporary import of defense articles and services by taking final action on license applications and other requests for approval for defense trade
exports, retransfers, and handling matters related to trade compliance, enforcement, and reporting.
OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted countries, terrorism sponsoring organizations, and international narcotics traffickers based on U.S.
foreign policy and national security goals.
The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) seeks to make the federal government more accountable to the American people for the tax dollars it spends and the results it
achieves. The Department of the Interior is complying with GPRA by developing a performance management system that provides useful information to managers and promotes
accountability for results. GPRA has three main components, strategic plans, annual performance plans, and annual performance reports.
The U.S. Department of Labor is charged with preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs, and ensuring the adequacy of America's workplaces. It is responsible for
the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes. These legislative mandates and the regulations produced to implement them cover a wide variety of workplace
activities for nearly 10 million employers and well over 100 million workers, including protecting workers' wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights; promoting
equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; strengthening free collective bargaining and collecting,
analyzing and publishing labor and economic statistics.
Serves the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality
of life of the American people, today and into the future.
The DOE promotes secure, competitive and environmentally responsible sources and production that serve the needs of the public; supports national security, promotes
international nuclear safety, and reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; supports environmental quality by aggressively cleaning up the environmental
legacy of nuclear weapons and civilian nuclear research and development programs, minimizing future waste generation, safely managing nuclear materials, and permanently
disposing of the nation's radioactive wastes; delivers leading edge science and technology that is critical to our mission and the nation's science base; carries out
information collection, analyses and researches on energy data & prices to help develop informed decisions on long term energy supply and use; and increases the efficiency
and productivity of energy use, while limiting environmental impacts.
OMB's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the Federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In
helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among
agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's budget and with
The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is a three member council that analyzes and interprets economic developments, appraises the programs and activities of the Government,
and then advises the President on national economic policy.
EPA's purpose is to ensure that: all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work; National efforts to
reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information; Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
Environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture,
industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; All parts of society--communities, individuals, business,
state and local governments, tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
Environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; The United States plays a leadership role in
working with other nations to protect the global environment.
The NEC coordinates economic policy-making process with respect to domestic and international economic issues; ensures that economic policy decisions and programs are
consistent with the President's stated goals; and monitors implementation of the President's economic policy agenda.
FirstGov is a public-private partnership whose goal is to connect the world to all of the U.S. government information and services. FirstGov works to make the government
accessible to all people and to make the government work for anyone who needs it.
U.S. House of Representatives International Committees
Jurisdiction on matters relating to food, nutrition, and hunger - both in the U.S. and in foreign countries, required to study and review these issues and to report on them
periodically. Subcommittee of Marketing, Inspection, and Product Promotion with jurisdiction covering legislation on foreign agricultural trade, foreign market development,
oversight of international commodity agreements and export controls on agricultural commodities, and foreign assistance programs.
Jurisdiction covering export and foreign trade promotion, export controls, and is mandated to study and review matters relating to the international economic policy as it
affects U.S. monetary affairs, credit, and financial institutions. Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance.
Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services with jurisdiction on intergovernmental relationships between U.S. and the states and
municipalities, and between the U.S. and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member and organization and management of U.S. nuclear export policy.
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